WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department does not automatically archive the emails of its assistant secretaries of state, U.S. officials said on Thursday, contradicting the agency's prior public statement.
The assistant secretaries, who include the top diplomats for regions such as Europe, the Middle East and East Asia, are not among the group of senior officials whose emails have been systematically captured since February, the officials said.
The State Department's email practices have come under intense scrutiny since the disclosure that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email address and server for her official email communications when she was in office.
A State Department spokesman said that the agency is working to meet federal requirements that it capture all emails by the end of 2016, declining further comment.
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Howard Goller)